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December 11, 2013

OSU takes on former Big 12 foe Mizzou in Cotton Bowl

STILLWATER, Okla. — For the third-straight season, the Oklahoma State football program will be competing a January bowl game.

The Cowboys, which missed out on a BCS bid after losing to Bedlam rival Oklahoma Saturday, will face former Big 12 Conference program Missouri — which lost to Auburn in the SEC championship game.

“They are a first-class bowl. We were there a few years ago and the way they treat our families and our players and our kids it’s the ultimate for a bowl,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said in a teleconference following Sunday’s bowl announcement. “Certainly you would want to be in a BCS bowl because it means you won a conference championship and we fell short of that, but the location for recruiting and the ease for our fans to travel to the game, the Cotton Bowl is a great opportunity for our team and our fans and the university.”

Gundy, who took in the OSU wrestling dual against Minnesota earlier on Sunday, said it’s not too strange to be playing the former Big 12 and Big Eight opponent — what with all the conference realignment that has occurred over the past few years.

“I don’t really think it seems weird, but we are still familiar with them. We played them a bunch of years in a row here,” Gundy said. “When I watch them play, they are very similar to the way they were when we were competing against them in the Big 12.”

Missouri holds a 29-23 all-time series advantage, but the Pokes have won each of the last three meetings and four of the last five. This is the first neutral-site clash between the two teams. Gundy is 3-1 against Missouri. Gary Pinkel is 3-3 against Oklahoma State.

This year’s Missouri team was a bit of a surprise in the SEC, earning a spot in the SEC title game against Auburn — which will play Florida State in the BCS title game — by winning the SEC East Division. The Tigers are 11-2, with their regular season loss coming in overtime to South Carolina, a vast improvement from 2012 in which Missouri went 5-7 with just two conference wins — over Kentucky and Tennessee.

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